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A Rather English Marriage [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Joanna Lumley, John Light, Joanna Scanlan
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Writers: Andrew Davies, Angela Lambert
  • Producers: Alex Graham, David M. Thompson, Jo Willett, Paul Sarony
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF64M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,184 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay star in this BBC adaptation of Angela Lambert's novel. Widowed on the same day, retired milkman Roy Southgate (Courtenay) and RAF pilot Reggie Coyngham-Jervis meet at the hospital where their wives were being looked after. When Reggie's social worker, concerned that he will not be able to look after himself properly, suggests that he allow Roy to move in, the former wing commander chooses to look upon him as a kind of butler-cum-batman. After a rocky start, the two develop a strong bond of mutual trust, confiding some painful personal tragedies to each other. However, their relationship comes under threat when Reggie begins romancing the gold-digging Liz (Joanna Lumley).

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132 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Mark Antony on 27 April 2005
Format: DVD
When ex-RAF fighter pilot Reginald Conyngham-Jarvis (Albert Finney) and former milkman Roy Southgate (Tom Courtenay) both become widowers within minutes of each other, an unlikely bond between them begins to form. Both men are from the opposite side of the social spectrum, Reginald, verbose, and self confessed womaniser, nevertheless less fond of his late wife, no idea of domesticity,and Roy the dedicated husband, never looked at another woman, more outwardly gentle and caring, both begin to share the same house, the formation of an "odd couple" type of scenario.
The theme behind the relationships of this touching, superbly acted drama, based on Angela Lambert's novel, is both characters providing to the other what each person badly needs. As the story unfolds, both men have more in common than either thought, as they both harbour dark secrets of guilt over a lost child. Joanna Lumley is convincing as a local botique owner who sees Reginald, and the money she thinks he has, as a way of escaping from her own debt pressures.
At times humourous, other times sensitive and thought provoking, this wonderful drama is a tribute to the fine acting skills of the main performers, with excellent use of the haunting background music. A modern classic.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
On sitting down to this film, I was rather tired but that soon changed. Within Minutes i was glued to the screen. Why? Well the acting is superb, especially from Tom Courtenay. He rightly won the Bafta for best actor. The script also was both very funny and poignant. In fact I found the film version far better than the novel, which seemed to plod along at times. Overall the best film I have seen in a long time.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rob Dyson on 11 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have seen this TV movie a number of times and always find it fresh and totally entertaining. This is script writing at its very best and the three main actors, Finney, Courtenay and Lumley give outstanding performances. Finney and Courtenay are wonderful as an 'odd' couple who choose to give living together 'a go'. Finney is remarkable as a retired Squadron Leader who finds himself having to fend for himself, following the death of his wife. His playing skilfully avoids caricature and displays great humour and poignancy. Courtenay, also on his own (and having a son in prison) and hiding a skeleton in the cupboard, agrees to get together with Finney to share house. To his dismay, Courtenay soon finds that Finney has no intention of sharing the chores and when Ms Lumley appears on the scene thinking she has landed a wealthy catch in the ex-RAF wartime pilot, things take a turn for the worse when Finney has a heart attack. Courtenay and Lumley are fine players and treat the, at times, delicate dialogue with great sensitivity. The ending could so easily have fallen flat, but as it is one is left hoping for a sequel, to follow up the lives of this unlikely couple.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Leslie Davidoff on 18 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
I had not heard of this film until I was browsing your recommended
list you had sent to me. I was totally engrossed with every minute of this little movie which was so beautifully made, acted, and dressed. The three leads were in turn just wonderful and have enjoyed a lot of their work, but Tom Courtenay's perfromance was for me something so special. Such lovely work from everyone envolved with this film and such a pleasure to watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Ephgrave on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Brilliant, two of Britains best actors paired together in roles that were made for them. A touching story with great humourous moments.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. R. Nicholls on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
A lovely, moving and amusing film. The two leads Albert Finney and Tom Courteney provide performances with much emotion and as ever, the beautuful and versatile Joanna Lumley is perfect as a gold digger with a heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: You are a prissy little tight ass bastard aren't you, Southgate?
Roy Southgate: If you say so, sir.

Marvelous,humorous,sad and lovely; a few words to describe this film. Albert Finney plays Reggie, a Squadron Leader in the RAF during WWII, and he thinks of those years as the best of his life. He meets up with a man,
Roy, played by Tom Courtenay in hospital where both have wives who were dying. They saw each other several times and in fact, both wives died on the same day. Roy attends Reggie's wife's funeral. And, in respect, Reg attends Roy's wife's funeral. Both are visited by a social worker and on the second visit, she suggests that Reg and Roy move in together. Reg has a large home, his wife has left him a small amount of money and when he dies the house goes to a charity. Roy was a milkman of meager means and misses his wife dreadfully, They both think it over and decide this is a good idea.

Roy in fact becomes the subservient wife to Sir, Reggie, the Squadron Leader. Finney plays Reg as an overblown gent drinking and womanizing and hiding his true self. Roy is a good cook and loves caring for the home. Roy dislodges one night that he and his wife had sex every night of their married life. This notches him up higher in Regs eye. Reg tells him he has had more women than he can remember but Roy has had more sex than he did. The two have a day to day life with Roy caring for Reg and Reg going out every night drinking at the pub. And, then a lovely woman comes into the scene- obviously, she is looking for money, and Reg starts a relationship with this woman. Wonder how that turns out?

I absolutely loved this film. Albert Finney and Tom Courtney are perfect in their roles and play together so well.
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